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Gilbert Declercq (1898 - 1974)

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Gilbert Declercq
1898 - 1974
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February 24, 1898
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July 1974
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Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 02155
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Gilbert Declercq was born on February 24, 1898. He died in July 1974 at age 76. We know that Gilbert Declercq had been residing in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 02155.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Gilbert Declercq passed away in July 1974 at 76 years of age. He was born on February 24, 1898. We have no information about Gilbert's family or relationships. We know that Gilbert Declercq had been residing in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 02155.
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In 1898, in the year that Gilbert Declercq was born, magnate and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company controlled 84% of the oil and pipelines in the United States. Rockefeller grew Standard Oil through the merger of several other small oil companies throughout the U.S., creating a monopoly.

In 1902, he was just 4 years old when the first Rose Bowl game was played in Pasadena, California. Called the "Tournament East–West football game" at the time, the Michigan Wolverines (East) played the Stanford Indians (West) - the Wolverines won 49 - 0. (The Stanford captain requested an end to the game with 8 minutes remaining.) The Tournament of Roses Parade began in 1890 and the football game began as a way to boost tourism in the area.

In 1923, he was 25 years old when on August 2, President Warren G. Harding died in office, apparently of a heart attack. He was staying at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco after completing a nationwide tour. Suffering from cramps, indigestion, a fever and shortness of breath, his doctor thought he had food poisoning. After several days of being ill, he suddenly shuddered, slumped over, and died. There were rumors of foul play (some thought that his wife had poisoned him because of his affairs) but no evidence has ever been found.

In 1946, when he was 48 years old, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1974, in the year of Gilbert Declercq's passing, on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

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